"History has a long-range perspective. It ultimately passes stern judgment on tyrants and vindicates those who fought, suffered, were imprisoned, and died for human freedom, against political oppression and economic slavery."
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
At 16, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn gave a speech on the benefits of socialism for women. She was asked to leave school. At 19, she chained herself to a lamppost to make her arrest on free speech charges more difficult.
A founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Gurley continued to be an outspoken advocate for worker's rights, women's rights. and reproductive rights throughout her life. She campaigned for equal pay for women, as well as equal employment opportunities. She helped to establish day care centers so that women could work without worry of childcare.
As a socialist, she was imprisoned under the Smith Act. At 74, she died while visiting the Soviet Union.
Such a fascinating life... and yet another example of a woman who rarely makes popular history books/textbooks.